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26 November 2018

Dr. Strangecomms, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying, and Love the Return of the Cold War


Via our FB hangout, from QAnon.

"NOT CONFIRMED AS OF THIS TIME. Russian forces conducting electronic warfare operations in Europe. Most milcomm being jammed. UPDATE 3:15 PM --
JAMMING OF MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS IN EUROPE HAS BEGUN. MASSIVE and I mean MASSIVE Jamming of EVERYTHING from USB 8990 to 9010....Nothing coming through...Been a Long time since I have seen this!

PRESIDENT TRUMP RETURNING TO WHITE HOUSE EARLY . . . DEPARTS MAR-A-LAGO AT 4:00 PM EST.
U.S. PENTAGON CALLING-IN ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE FOR URGENT MEETINGS. NOT SOMETHING YOU SEE ON A SUNDAY UNLESS THINGS ARE HUGELY BAD. . .
Ukraine have asked for urgent military support and calling for UN intervention.
Ukrainian President is calling an emergency session of his war cabinet in response to the Kerch Strait
UKRAINE ARTILLERY BOATS BERDYANSK AND NIKOPOL HIT BY ENEMY FIRE, SEIZED BY RUSSIAN SPECIAL FORCES -- UKRAINIAN NAVY STATEMENT
3:23 PM EST -- Ukrainians are briefing that they are now launching counter fire at OTHER Russian vessels.
3:27 PM EST -- The Ukrainian Navy says one of its small armored artillery ships has been hit after Russia opened fire in the Black Sea
Ukrainian air force and land forces on full combat alert. Possible reserve call-ups.
CONFIRMED: all Ukrainian naval vessels have departed bases and put out to sea.
3:35 PM EST -- All military and security services in Ukraine have been mobilized tonight.
3:41 PM EST -- Artillery boat Berdyansk and tugboat Yany Kapu are seized, being towed. Artillery boat Nikopol is blocked and escorted by Russian Navy. 6 servicemen suffered injuries
UPDATE 4:03 PM EST --
Shipping has come to a halt between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The image below is a screen shot of online ship RADAR TRANSPONDERS showing their location. Traffic jams at both sides of the Kerch Strait. Nothing is moving.

Ukraine Leader Poroshenko meeting with military cabinet still ongoing, it's one hour now.
UPDATE 4:14 PM EST --
RUSSIA WARNS THE WORLD:
"Any attack on Russia from Ukraine or it/s allies will result in a dangerous situation...Russia warns Western allies to not interfere in crimes committed by Ukraine or there will be consequences."

4:18 PM EST -- Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine: Ukraine to declare martial law"

So we have a mode and frequency range: USB 8990 to 9010 (KHz). 20 KHz. of spectrum centered on 9000 KHz. 8992 KHz. is a USAF frequency. This is the type of stuff my classes are meant for. 


A quick OSINT check shows that there has been interesting activity on 9000 KHz. for at least the past 2 years.

A good, albeit perhaps somewhat dated, reference on Russian Communications by Tom Roach (who was on of the experts on Russian HF comms) is available at http://ominous-valve.com/ussr.txt. Perhaps not as dated as one might think.

Of note is that there no mention of this activity on my usual go-to source for HF Ute monitoring, or my secondary one. One thing you can count on is that HF Ute monitors are quick to find any wierd stuff on the bands.

The take-away on this is that as we return to the good old Cold War days, we can expect to see increased activity on the HF bands, and that with some basic equipment you can keep an ear on things.

See you in class!

1 comment:

  1. the nation centers on a military industrial economy therefore looks at war as a profit maker. as for us we are just pawns to be played apon or to eventually fill body bags in a conflict that never ends. peace is deadly to the system for no real profit is made.

    Wildflower

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